CAF-FCA Invites You to Attend a Unique International Dialogue

    Apprenticeship in a Global Perspective: Engaging Employers and Investing
    in Apprenticeship Training

    OTTAWA, Aug. 12 /CNW Telbec/ -

    The best and brightest of our future labour force is competing in
    WorldSkills Calgary 2009. They are ready to take on the world! But are we
    ready for them???

    If we want to attract and retain top talent so Canada can compete
globally, we need to ensure there are opportunities to train. Apprenticeship
training has long been successful on an international basis. Research suggests
there are links between training and business performance. It works!
    The future labour force is looking for respect and opportunity.
Apprentices told the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum - Forum canadien sur
l'apprentissage (CAF-FCA) that they are looking for employers who will help
them achieve excellence through effective mentoring, diverse training
experiences and career development. Apprentices often spoke very positively
about employers, especially if they felt the employer was facilitating their
progress and had goals for them such as certification and Red Seal
    Want to know what other countries are doing? Kick off the first day of
international Competition at WorldSkills Calgary 2009 with the unique
international dialogue Apprenticeship in a Global Perspective: Engaging
Employers and Investing in Apprenticeship Training. Speakers include
representatives from the U.K., New Zealand, South Africa and Canada. This
CAF-FCA hosted event will be held on the morning of Wednesday, September 2nd
at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Polytechnic.
    Bruce Sellery, respected business journalist and host of workopolis tv
will lead the discussion and explore what works around the world on important
apprenticeship topics. Guest panelists will join CAF-FCA in sharing their
respective countries' efforts and initiatives in employer engagement
strategies, incentives for encouraging apprenticeship training and return on
training investment studies.
    This not-to-be-missed event will show you how apprenticeship training
works in the U.K., New Zealand, South Africa and Canada. An investment in
apprenticeship training works and it can work for you too! Don't miss your
chance - space is limited for this free event so register today!
    This project was funded by the Government of Canada's Sector Council
Program and with the generous support of Southern Alberta Institute of
Technology (SAIT), Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification
Commission (SATCC) and Government of Alberta.

    Skills/Compétences Canada is Canada's Member organization of WorldSkills
International and selects and prepares competitors for the international
competitions that take place every two years. In these competitions, Canadian
youth demonstrate hands-on expertise, talent and determination, which showcase
the many promising futures to be found in trades and technology.
Skills/Compétences Canada began the planning process which established Alberta
as the host of the 40th WorldSkills Competition.

    Funded by the Government of Canada's Sector Council Program, CAF-FCA is
the only inclusive national body that brings together all players in
apprenticeship training. CAF-FCA works under the guidance of its Board of
Directors, who represent every aspect of the apprenticeship community. Our
work has brought to light a number of key issues that affect apprenticeship
training - such as perceived barriers to training; the business case for
apprenticeship; and the importance of promoting apprenticeship training as a
valued and respected choice for post-secondary education. For further
information: or to see recent study results -

For further information:

For further information: Margo Royce, Communications Manager, (613)
235-4004 ext. 207,

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